Re: - Having a Oxycontin problem........posted again for Robin

Wed Aug 8 13:40:29 2001

At Mon, 9 Oct 2000, Helen Dynda wrote: >
>Last June (99) I had to come off of taking Vicodin 7.5 after my surgery
>for adhesions. I still took the meds for about 1 1/2 weeks for surgery
>pain. Which was 1/2 of what I had been taking before surgery. Then, I
>had to start taking 1/2 a pill at a time to start cutting back. I was
>having head aches, from the withdrawals. I think I got off them kinda
>fast, it took me 2 weeks to get off of them. I still kept about 4 pills
>in the bottle just in case I needed them. Just remember, you are not
>alone, We have been there, & we are here for you now.
>At Mon, 9 Oct 2000, Kath Findlay wrote:
>Dear chrissy,
>I have had 5 operations to separate Adhesions. Which means I have had
>to come of narcotic drugs, after long term use ( minimum 1 year ) and
>what I have learned from this, is that you can't just stop using the
>meds because you have had, your surgery. It stands to reason that your
>body will still crave them for a time. My doctor advised me to cut them
>down slowly. Try taking 3/4 of the amount you normally take for a few
>days and then take 1/2 the dose for a few days, and then 1/4. Then cut
>that down until you don't need it anymore. If you try and stop too
>quickly, when your body is still dependant. You will suffer withdrawal
>symptoms, feeling sick, hot, sweating and sometimes light headed.
>(dizzy) These symptoms are normal for someone taking long term
>medication, and I am sure if you tell your local Doctor about your
>symptoms. Tell him that you want to come of them gradually, and ask him
>for more meds ( perhaps he could give you a lower dosage) to keep you
>going for a little longer.
>You have suffered enough with the pain of adhesions. You don't have to
>suffer, from being forced to come of your medication to quickly. It can
>take any thing from 0 to 3 months depending on how long you have been
>taking the medication.
>Good luck Chrissie, As I said before I have been in this position 5
>times and I find this is the best way to get through it. I will do it
>this way the next time.
>Kath Findlay UK (United Kingdom)

I have been taken Oxycontin now for up to a year. I wasn't perscribed them. I just took them because I felt depressed and they made me feel better, and they motivated me to do everyday activities I wasn't able to do without them. I finally realized I had a serious problem when I spending every penny on them. I couldn't get out of bed in the morning without them. Finally I realized this dependecy couldn't last any longer. It has now been five days, I went through the withdrawls and I'm feeling better by the day. This morning I was up at 7a.m walking my dog.If anyone needs a friend to talk to about this let me know.

Recovering addict..

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